The Inverted Yield Curve -- It's Different This Time

by: TickerSense

With all the concern over the inverted yield curve in recent months, we found one notable difference between this period and prior periods where the curve inverted -- people actually care!

We did a word search of occurrences of the term ‘yield curve’ in the Wall Street Journal on a yearly basis. As the chart below details, in 2005 the yield curve got more attention than at any other time during the last 20 years. This leads us to wonder if, just as a watched pot never boils, will the negative economic and market implications associated with an inverted yield curve ever materialize now that everyone is looking for it?